Welcome to the Daily MLB Rundown for DraftKings contests on Saturday, September 12, 2020.
With the postponed SF/SD game, we have eight games on Saturday night’s main slate….and to be honest, it’s a whole lot of ugly. There aren’t many great pitching options – actually, there aren’t many good pitching options – and many of the teams that are playing are some of the worst line-ups in baseball. There are some ways that I think are good ways to go when it comes to building line-ups tonight – and I’ve touched on them below in today’s DraftKings rundown!
Approach to Pitching
Zac Gallen and Zach Plesac are my favourite options tonight on the mound – and I’m expecting them to be two of the highest owned pitchers tonight. Gallen (SEA) has a much better match-up than Plesac (MIN) does – so I think it’s safe to assume that Gallen should be the highest pitcher owned tonight – and I wouldn’t be shocked to see it above 60% given the lack of quality options. Among pitchers that have actually accumulated somewhat of a sample size, they are the 1-2 options in terms of K/9 – and even though Plesac’s match-up against the Twins is a tough one – I think he’s a good enough pitcher to navigate the line-up without running into a whole lot of trouble. I like the idea of going over-weight with respect to exposure on each of them tonight.
If you are looking for a couple other pitchers to sprinkle in a fair bit of exposure to, Kyle Hendricks as a high floor play and value option with upside Tejay Antone are my next two favourite options. What Hendricks lacks in stuff, he makes up for it with his ability to limit baserunners by walking next to no one and pitch regularly deep into ballgames. He is a little more expensive than I’d like – but he could be relevant tonight in large field GPP’s if the aforementioned duo falter or fall short.
As for Antone, we don’t have much of a sample size on him and he is still being stretched out – but he did manage to throw 5 innings in his last start, and in his past two starts which span 9 and change, he has 11 punch-outs. In a match-up against St. Louis tonight I think he’ll be able to hit value at his price point of $6,900.
Approach to Hitting
For the second straight night it’s going to be really tough to fade Colorado as they have another strong match-up at home in Coors Field. Tonight they face Jaime Barria at home, and while he does a good job of throwing strikes – I think he’s in tough tonight going up against Colorado at home as he has a fly ball pitcher that hasn’t pitched as well as his surface stats indicate so far in 2020. The usual suspects are in play for Colorado here, and as was the case last night when they put up 8 runs, I think there is a good chance of them putting up a similar total tonight. As is usually the case for Coors Field, I like the idea of rotating various combos throughout your builds with exposure to essentially 7 or 8 of Colorado bats in your builds with C1B Tony Wolters, assuming he starts as someone you can quickly leave off.
If you are looking for an option to compliment the Rockies that won’t be as expensive, the Royals are in a good spot tonight. Maikel Franco comes into this one swinging it really well, as does Adalberto Mondesi, who comes into this one with hits in 8 straight – and both are affordable options that could be a significant part of your Royals builds. Whit Merrifield as is usually the case is reliable star power – and I think this team makes for a great smaller stack to roll with whoever you decide to stack 5 hitters from in tournaments. The trio above are all in play in all formats in my opinion.
Good luck with your contests today & if you are looking for some more players to include in your player pool – check out today’s Cheat Sheets!